The boards of directors of the SCTE and of CTAM both elected leaders for their respective 2010-2011 terms.
It's been the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers' (SCTE) custom to reelect the board chair to a second year, and that trend continues with the election of Bob Foote, who was first elected chair last year. Foote is with TriNet Communications and is SCTE Region 12 director.
The SCTE's western vice chair is Dick Amell, of Time Warner Cable, SCTE director-at-large. The eastern vice chair: Kenneth Williams Jr. of Cox Communications, SCTE Region 9 director.
Other officers elected include: secretary, Frank Eichenlaub, Cisco Systems, SCTE Region 2 director; and treasurer: Ed Marchetti, Comcast Cable Communications, SCTE Region 1 director. The SCTE board designates an additional executive committee member, and this year that will be Robert Legg Jr. of Suddenlink Communications, SCTE Region 10 director.
As reported, the SCTE is going to reorganize itself in a gradual process over the next two years. The organization is reducing the number of directors and re-jiggering how those directors get either elected or appointed. The Society's national board of directors would be reduced from 19 members to 12 or 13 members.
Meanwhile, regional directors would select up to five representative members to serve on the national board. The remaining eight seats would be appointed, with members selected by the organization's executive committee.
Separately, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing elected new board members and officers. They are chair Sam Howe, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Time Warner Cable; vice chair Eric Kessler, co-president of HBO; secretary Wonya Lucas, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Discovery Channel; and treasurer Jon Hargis, executive vice president of marketing and advertising at Cablevision Systems.
The new 2011 directors are: Heather Baldino, senior vice president of marketing at Turner Broadcasting; Steve Colafrancesco, vice president of marketing at Bright House Networks; Jennifer Danger, executive vice president of distribution and business development at The Weather Channel; Jerry Dow, chief marketing and sales officer at Suddenlink Communications; and David Preschlack, executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing at Disney & ESPN Media Networks.
CTAM also announced some changes going forward.
For starters, the organization plans to move its CTAM Research & Insights Conference from the spring to the fall Cable Connection, beginning in 2012.
The organization plans to re-charter the Network Consumer Marketing Council to more deeply engage participating executives in developing high-level content for national programs, such as the CTAM Summit and CTAM Wired.
CTAM also plans to phase out support of U.S. regional CTAM chapters by the end of 2011. Chapters are separate legal entities that license the CTAM name and brand.